It's been a little over a week since Pima County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Jose Robles abruptly resigned and the rumors are still swirling around the courthouse.
Unless the former judge himself speaks out, it looks like the general public will never know the true story behind his departure. The rumors are all remarkably similar, but the Star isn't in the habit of reporting things that are unsubstantiated.
I can promise you I tried to find out why he left.
I asked Presiding Judge Sally Simmons for a copy of any and all complaints filed against the judge, a copy of his reviews, a copy of his resignation letter and a copy of any discliplinary records.
She told me the Arizona Supreme Court's Rule 123 says those records are to remain closed.
George Reimer, the executive director of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, sent me the following response in an email:
"Judge Robles has never been publicly disciplined by the Commission or Arizona Supreme Court. Pending complaints, if any, are confidential. Dismissed complaints are publicly disclosed, but only after all identifying information is redacted. I am not in the position to disclose the identity of the complainant or judge involved in any dismissed complaint."
Pro tems are appointed by presiding judges, whereas regular judges are appointed by the governor.
No word on when Judge Robles could be replaced, but in the meantime, Judge Michael Cruikshank has agreed to come out of retirement to help out with Judge Robles' caseload.